RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 22, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Huge dark caramel aroma shot through with quite a bit of vanilla. Lightly sweet - not at all cloying as beers of this type can get. Lots of powdered cocoa notes in the finish. Far too drinkable for 13 and a half percent.
wavers1 (872) - Notown, California, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
big thanks to stfun for getting me this gem, finally! pours a very dark, nearly opaque brwon with a small brown head that fades fast. very viscous. the aroma is very salty, briney, peaty, smokey, earthy, excellent! the taste is match. this is a true crusher of a barley wine, not just the abv, but very dark malty, very syrupy, long lasting after taste, very oily palate. intense port like sipper should keep you warm for quite a while!!!
rayg1 (550) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 bottle, thanks to daknole for this trade!!! Pours out a deep ruddy brown with a rather thick tan head that subsides after some time to just a ring of bubbles. Aroma is dark and powerful of tobacco, dark chocolate, oak, prunes, molasses, and a hint of bourbon. After tasting the beer one gets a flavor of cramelize sugar almost to the point of nearly burnt, a rather unusual flavor that I found to be awesome. Follow this by more oak notes, vanilla, dark fruit, and a presence of bourbon that warms you but does not overpower. I will be the first to say that I hate over-the-top bourbon barrel aging but this one seemed to be aged at just the right intensity, enough bourbon to let you know it is there but allows room for the base beer to shine through. This is a great beer. Lastly, after looking at some of the reviews I feel this beer may be misunderstood, this is very much a sipping beer. You must share this or be prepared for the 22 oz bottle to be your only beer of the night. I took the later option and it took me 4+ hours to drink the entire thing. If you slow your pace down and savor the beer becomes much less "hot", the alcohol subdues, and it becomes overall really wonderfully flavorful.
arminjewell (6158) - Farmington Hills, Michigan, USA - AUG 16, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 28, 2012 Bottle the perfect storm from 2009, thanks Levi! Deep brown black pour, big aroma of vanilla, caramel, toffee, brown sugar and some booze. Big taste of sweet molasses, caramel, toffee, brown sugar, some bourbon and a touch of booze. For how strong it is, there’s no booze on the taste. An excellent BB barley wine.
Rerate 2011 mother of all storm bottle, 22 oz bottle is dark black pour with tan head, aroma has big whiskey and bourbon notes, vanilla, chocolate, dark fruit, hints of oak. Taste is vanilla, toffee, chocolate, caramel, nice bourbon, hints of earth and dark fruit, finishing very nice and dry but slightly sweet. Delicious. 949518
cpetrone84 (1372) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2010 Review from 12/4/10
A-pours a dark copper color, quite clear with hues of red. the head is thinner and tan in color.
S-the nose has bourbon and wood up front, burnt caramel and lots of roasted qualities with notes of chocolate malts. Hints of malt sweetness in the back.
T-roasted malts and chocoalte malts are rather strong, notes of wood and bourbon come in behind. hints of coffee and a light bitterness. somewhat sweet, toffee and brown sugar.
M-full bodied and thick, very syrupy and slightly coats the mouth. juicy finish and moderate carbonation with a semi dry finish.
D-decent balance, lots of malt presence and a well integrated barrel presence. strong roasted malt presence with light sweetness, pretty tasty stuff.
A-pour a dark copper color, quite clear with hues of red. the head is thinner and tan in color.
S-big malty sweetness and some notes of alcohol, notes of caramel and slightly burnt brown sugar, dry oak and faint bourbon in the middle with notes of cherries and plums in the back.
T-nice malt body, slightly earthy, lots of sweet caramel, toasted biscuit, brown sugar, chocolate, oak and vanilla, notes of booze and bourbon around some dark fruit sweetness of cherries and plums.
M-smooth and creamy full body, chewy, lucious, well balanced by a moderate carbonation.
D-very solid beer, good balance of malts and a great mouthfeel. very solid beer!
beastiefan2k (2408) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
100th rater. 2009 bottle. Tasted side by side with the Winterfest’07. No head and a hairlike halo lacing. Color is more reddish than brown. Aroma is astringent barrel and lots of alcohol. Then there is a very thick toasted maltiness. Flavor is thinned out by the barrel and full of cherry-alcohol. Has some cola flavors. very thin and boozy and undercarbonated.
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JUL 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a reddish brown with no head.
Aroma: Hot booze and lacquer.
Taste: Bourbon, wood and brown sugar.
Overall: Big and boozy, not offensive, and pretty original.
TrueRates (13) - USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich deep dark mahogany brown with zero head. Some carbonation is seeping through. This beer just looks boozy and mean. Well sh*t. Another over the top bourbon mess in the aroma. Sweet bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, boozy soaked prune and dates. The flavor delivers a tad more. Wow, one boozy beer beer. The alcohol is far from hidden. Starts with a great in depth complex barleywine style and is followed by some bourbon integration, but the finish is just so sweet and hot. My belly is just filled with alcohol. I can see how many people would love this beer, but it’s far from being a finessful drinkable beer.
theisti (3215) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - JUN 14, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, courtesy of a friend. Pour is mostly clear mahogany, with a 1/2 inch tan head that falls quickly. Aroma is the barrel right up front, following close behind is the alcohol heat. Taste is brandy alcohol heat, oak wood, and some weird roastiness. Palate is hot, medium bodied, oily, with a quick and clean finish. This is ok, just hot. Not sure if it would improve with age, but right now too much wood and alcohol for my tastes.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
drank over 12 hours after opening. had a barleywine fest at my house, didn’t get to this one. Dark wet soaked wood, smooth oaky bourbon. Dark ruby/tawny, little darker than the Stormwatcher’s. This beer takes on the barrel so nicely, heat is tempered and stretched out into a long warm finish. Chewy wood, inky bourbon and tobacco, coats my mouth and gentles my soul.